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Work begins on Oxford traffic filters

26/02/2024

Work has started on a number of streets in Oxford to prepare the way for six traffic filters as part of a trial aimed at reducing traffic in the city.

UltraCrete improving road safety near Shrewsbury

26/02/2024

UltraCrete has joined forces with Highway Workforce to repair and replace a failed carriageway frame and cover on a busy road near Shrewsbury.

Council road maintenance reaches five-year low

26/02/2024

Road maintenance by local authorities in England has dropped by 45% over five years, the RAC has revealed.

Plymouth council leader applauds city’s ‘war-time spirit’

26/02/2024

The leader of Plymouth council has applauded the ‘war-time spirit’ of the city’s residents after a Second World War bomb was safely detonated at sea.

Street Scar: why the utilities firms ruin our streets and how to stop it

19/02/2024

Nicholas Boys Smith, founder and chairman of Create Streets, explains what needs to be done to help local authorities prevent 'street scarring'.

February most dangerous month for ‘pothole prangs’

13/02/2024

Motorists have been warned that February is the most dangerous month for ‘pothole prangs’ as research reveals a dramatic rise in pothole damage claims.

Council sued after cyclist hits pothole

06/02/2024

Staffordshire County Council is facing legal action after the triathlete Paul Hughes hit a pothole while cycling breaking multiple bones and damaging a lung.

Councils 'have tightened pothole payout criteria'

05/02/2024

Compensation paid by councils for damage caused by potholes has fallen by more than a half, with some giving out ‘next to nothing’.

Hants seeks to avoid cost risk on £125m scheme

02/02/2024

Hampshire County Council is facing a funding gap on the A326 North Waterside Improvements scheme, if cost increases go beyond a current estimate of £125m.

Second council U-turns on pesticide use

01/02/2024

Cambridgeshire County Council has agreed to reintroduce chemical weed killer, following Brighton's recent call to recommence pesticide treatment.

TfL hands boroughs another £80m for streets

31/01/2024

Transport for London (TfL) has announced up to £80.4m for boroughs to improve public transport, make walking and cycling safer and create new school streets.

Newcastle CAZ generates £2.4m

31/01/2024

The Newcastle and Gateshead Clean Air Zone (CAZ) brought in more than £2.4m in its first 11 months of operation.

Westminster revamps emissions-based parking charges

30/01/2024

Westminster City Council will revamp its parking schemes so that residents and visitors are charged based on their vehicles’ tailpipe emissions.

‘10,000 years of Cornish history’ brought to light

29/01/2024

Archaeologists have excavated more evidence of Cornwall’s ancient past while carrying out improvement works on the A30, the local council has revealed.

Councils get new steer on motorbikes in bus lanes

23/01/2024

The Department for Transport (DfT) has updated its guidance for councils on allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes.

‘Staggering’ two million vehicles damaged by potholes last year

12/01/2024

The AA attended more than 600,000 incidents involving vehicles damaged by potholes last year, new figures released on National Pothole Day today reveal.

First-of-kind tool links road casualties and deprivation

12/01/2024

Transport for London has launched a dashboard which shows how deprivation is linked to higher levels of death and injury on the capital’s roads.

Velocity’s low carbon interventions help prevent and repair potholes

11/01/2024

With National Pothole Day upon us once more, highways maintenance specialists Velocity discuss their innovative spray-injection patching technique.

Potholes: the drivers’ biggest pain

10/01/2024

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA, discusses the scourge of potholes and what councils should do to fix the local road network.

Pothole claims up record 40%, insurer reveals

09/01/2024

The number of pothole-related claims increased by a record 40% last year when compared to 2022, the latest data from Admiral Car Insurance has revealed.

Council’s parking fine income up 50%

08/01/2024

Buckinghamshire Council brought in £1.4m from parking fines in 2023, a 50% increase compared to 2022.

London boroughs’ share of HS2 pothole fund confirmed

20/12/2023

Allocations for a £235m funding pot aimed at fixing London’s pothole-strewn roads have been confirmed by the Government.

Mayor Burnham criticises fee-paying clean air zone

14/12/2023

Public investment in buses and taxis will improve air quality in Greater Manchester faster than a fee-paying clean air zone (CAZ), Mayor Andy Burnham says.

Live Labs Centre of Excellence open for business

08/12/2023

An £8.5m Government-funded research project into building and maintaining roads with low-carbon and recycled materials now open for submissions.

Government axes Brum's £2.7bn PFI deal in shock 'betrayal'

01/12/2023

Birmingham City Council's leader has accused the Government of 'betrayal' by axing the authority's £2.7bn highways Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, in a move that could lose the authority more than £500m of roads investment.

Edinburgh to spend £55m to make fleet LEZ compliant

28/11/2023

Edinburgh City Council is set to spend £55m replacing obsolete vehicles and ensuring its fleet complies with new environmental rules.

‘Worst October in history’ for pothole breakdowns

27/11/2023

October this year was the worst on record for pothole-related breakdowns, according to the AA Pothole Index.

AI robot could help address ‘pothole crisis’

23/11/2023

A self-guiding robot capable of identifying and repairing potholes using artificial intelligence (AI) technology could help tackle the blight of potholes.

Councils failing to fix potholes could face funding cuts

22/11/2023

Local authorities who fail to hit road resurfacing targets could see their funding withheld from a national pothole fund.

£8bn of HS2 savings to be spent on ending pothole ‘blight’

17/11/2023

Transport secretary Mark Harper has confirmed the allocations of an £8.3bn plan to resurface England’s pothole-marked roads, set out in the wake of HS2 cuts.

RAC sees record third quarter 'pothole call-outs'

10/11/2023

The RAC has dealt with the highest number of pothole-related breakdowns seen in any third quarter since its records began in 2006.

Nine on 'flexible' Barnet highways framework

08/11/2023

Barnet Council has appointed nine contractors to a new four-year highway maintenance framework worth around £75m.

Councils respond to King’s Speech

08/11/2023

The Local Government Association (LGA) has responded to proposed legislation announced yesterday in the King’s Speech.

London borough trials pothole repair machine

06/11/2023

Redbridge Council is trialling a spray injection patching machine to fix potholes across the borough.

Major road network set for £2.6bn second funding round

03/11/2023

A promised £2.6bn for local road upgrades will be in the form of a second round of major road network (MRN) funding, it has emerged.

DfT teases more detail on multi-billion roads spending plans

03/11/2023

The Department for Transport has given fresh detail on the £8.3bn of ‘additional’ local highway maintenance funding due to HS2 cuts.

Glasgow clean air bid gets all clear

31/10/2023

A legal challenge to Glasgow's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) from a local business has failed.

Khan puts £10m into street works co-ordination

31/10/2023

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a further £10m for his Infrastructure Coordination Service (ICS), which aims to reduce the delays caused by street works in the capital.

Costain named strategic partner on Bradford's £250m investment plan

30/10/2023

Costain has been reappointed as Bradford Council’s strategic delivery partner, in a contract worth up to £5m with an initial run of two years.

AA seeks new pothole cash as councils face cut

30/10/2023

Councils ‘desperately need’ more highway maintenance funding to address the deteriorating condition of local roads, the AA has said after its worst September fixing ‘pothole-related’ breakdowns for five years.

Oflog moves to expand remit

30/10/2023

The new Office for Local Government (Oflog) watchdog has proposed to widen its scope to five new service areas.

Councils await clarity on top-up cash for major schemes

27/10/2023

A number of major local road schemes are hanging in the balance while authorities are left unsure if ministers will stump up the extra cash pledged in the wake of cutting back HS2.

Air quality rules continue to trouble Bath area

27/10/2023

A council that had ‘officially passed a government milestone’ for cleaning up toxic air breached legal limits as traffic returned after the pandemic, according to recent data.

Concern over state of roads hits record high

20/10/2023

Half of drivers say the state of local roads is their top motoring concern – a record high since the RAC began asking for motorists' views on road conditions.

Controversial Oxford LTNs made permanent

19/10/2023

Three low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) in Oxford are to become permanent, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet decided this week.

Boroughs to get opt out from future ULEZ-style schemes

13/10/2023

Legislation that will enable London boroughs to opt out of future road charging schemes has been welcomed as ‘an enormous step forwards in local democracy’.

Councils' parking revenue approaches £1bn

13/10/2023

The income councils raked in from parking surged to almost £1bn in the last financial year.

£1.3bn local road upgrade pledge unravels

12/10/2023

Doubts have arisen over the Government's pledge that it will deliver 70 local authority road schemes

Exclusive: DfT drops self-assessment process

10/10/2023

The Department for Transport has ended the highways self-assessment process, removing the incentive element of local maintenance capital funding.

15 minute cities 'don't exist'

09/10/2023

Civil servants are battling to explain to ministers that concepts like ’15-minute cities’, said to restrict people’s ability to shop, ‘don’t really exist'.

Sinkhole swallows up bin lorry

06/10/2023

An investigation has been launched after a refuse collection vehicle in North Wales was partially swallowed up by a sinkhole.

No dates for HS2 pothole cash

05/10/2023

The Government has admitted it does not have a timescale for the billions of pounds for road resurfacing that it announced after the decision to curtail HS2.

Place directors under ‘immense pressure’ publish strategic objectives

03/10/2023

Place directors have called for action on planning, infrastructure and the environment, including a financial regime enabling councils to build more affordable and ‘climate-ready’ homes.

Road conditions add flood risk to pothole ‘crisis’

27/09/2023

English councils received hundreds of compensation claims for flood damage in recent years as they struggled to maintain roadside drainage, according to study.

Tower Hamlets to remove LTN road closures

21/09/2023

Tower Hamlets has decided to remove its low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) road closures despite the majority of affected residents supporting the measures.

Councils cut back on road resurfacing

13/09/2023

The number of miles of road in England resurfaced or given life-extending treatment is at its lowest point in five years, according to an analysis of government data by the RAC.

Councils ‘sitting on’ £3bn from developer contributions

13/09/2023

Councils in England and Wales are reportedly 'sitting on' £3bn allocated for new community infrastructure.

Reinstate ringfencing for pothole repairs, MPs say

12/09/2023

The APPG for better roads has issued a report calling for the Government to restore ringfencing and multi-year settlements for local road maintenance.

London to expand 20mph limits

12/09/2023

Transport for London (TfL) has announced 65km of new 20mph speed limits to be introduced across eight London boroughs by the end of the year.

Street Manager limitations cost councils millions

08/09/2023

The Local Government Association has released a report it buried three years ago covering the financial impact of the Government's Street Manager software.

Newcastle axes LTN

04/09/2023

A trial low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) scheme in Newcastle will not be made permanent, the city council has announced.

South East Councils to consider devolution of vehicle excise duty

01/09/2023

The devolution of vehicle excise duty (VED) will be among the options expected to be considered by a London Finance Commission-style investigation.

RAC urges councils to install ULEZ signs

29/08/2023

Local authorities surrounding London have been advised to install signs warning drivers of today’s expansion of the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Wet July sees rise in pothole-related breakdowns

21/08/2023

This year is set to be one of the worst on record for damage caused by potholes, according to the AA, after July saw pothole-related breakdowns up a fifth.

Six-in-10 drivers support ‘noise cameras’

18/08/2023

The majority of drivers want to see cameras installed to catch drivers who rev their cars unnecessarily or whose vehicles have illegally loud exhausts.

DfT faces Court of Appeal challenge over kerb heights

16/08/2023

A disability campaigner has won the right to take her case to the Court of Appeal in battle over the Department for Transport's minimum kerb height guidance.

The great pothole repair failure

16/08/2023

The UK has fallen far behind other countries when it comes to funding pothole repairs. Asphalt Industry Alliance's Rick Green discusses what needs to be done.

Government slashes pothole repair funding by £2bn

14/08/2023

The UK has fallen behind other high-income countries when it comes to funding repairs in pothole-ridden local roads, council chiefs warn.

Driving out pollution

25/07/2023

Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, deputy leader of Lambeth Council, discusses how her London borough is phasing out diesel to protect residents’ health.

Councils pay out £11m in pothole-related compensation

24/07/2023

Over the past four years councils have paid out more than £11m to drivers who successfully claimed their vehicles had been damaged by potholes, RAC reveals.

Guidance on new road condition surveys pushed back

07/07/2023

The Department of Transport's (DfT) guidance on the new regime for local authority road condition surveys is delayed until next summer, a DfT official says.

Bus lane fines making councils up to £3.7m a year

03/07/2023

Bus lanes and bus gates meant councils received up to £3.7m from penalty charge notices (PCNs) in 2022, according to new research by Forbes Advisor.

Scrap proposed infrastructure levy, council chiefs say

16/06/2023

Council leaders, developers, and others have written to levelling up secretary Michael Gove criticising the Government’s proposed infrastructure levy.

‘Year of the Pothole’ declared as breakdowns up 29%

24/05/2023

AA has called on drivers to make 2023 the ‘Year of the Pothole’ by reporting every blemish they find on the road network as figures show breakdown increase.

20mph speed limits more effective with speed bumps

22/05/2023

Drivers are more likely to comply with a 20mph speed limit if there are also physical traffic calming measures in place, report finds.

Pothole-related breakdowns up nearly 40%

28/04/2023

RAC patrols helped more than 10,000 drivers who had suffered a pothole-related accident in the first three months of the year, new figures reveal.

Traffic collisions more likely to affect poorer neighbourhoods

18/04/2023

People living in London’s more deprived areas are twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured in road collisions, new research reveals.

Drivers face ‘pothole postcode lottery’, FoI reveals

17/04/2023

Some councils in England are taking over a month on average to fix potholes once they have been reported, a freedom of information (FoI) request has revealed.

High Court grants permission for ULEZ judicial review

13/04/2023

The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review into the proposed expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to outer London this summer.

High concentration of potholes in North, survey finds

12/04/2023

Half of the 20 councils in England found to have the highest concentration of reported potholes are in the North, according to a new survey.

Councils share £50m for road safety schemes

06/04/2023

Ministers have announced 27 local schemes that will share £47.5m road safety cash - a cutback on the 45 schemes floated in last autumn's mini budget.

Clampdown on utility companies leaving potholes

31/03/2023

Reduced traffic congestion has been promised by Government as a result of a clampdown on utility companies leaving potholes after carrying out street works.

Record £14bn needed to fix pothole-ridden local roads

21/03/2023

A record £14bn is now needed for local authorities to tackle the local roads maintenance backlog, according to the annual ALARM survey.

Number of ‘substandard’ bridges falls to 3,090

17/03/2023

The proportion of council-managed road bridges classified as ‘substandard’ has fallen slightly over the past year despite local authority budget limitations.

Budget’s lack of social care support ‘disappointing’

16/03/2023

Council leaders welcomed the new funding in yesterday's budget but were disappointed by absence of investment in social care, health and children’s services.

Hunt set to restore £200m of local roads cash

13/03/2023

Ministers are set to announce an extra £200m for local road maintenance.

Council chiefs call for £130m to fix potholes

10/03/2023

The Government spent 31 times more maintaining motorways and major highways last year than funding councils to repair pothole-ridden local roads, study finds.

Councils forced to axe road improvement schemes

10/03/2023

Councils are planning to axe millions of pounds of road improvements because of rising costs and lack of funds, according to new research.

Pedestrian falls cost taxpayers up to £500m a year

01/03/2023

Pedestrian falls on dangerous pavements potentially cost taxpayers up to £500m a year, a new report has revealed.

Councils urged to cut ‘red tape’ ahead of coronation

27/02/2023

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has called on councils to ensure that celebrations marking the King’s coronation are not held up by ‘needless red tape’.

New ‘Kyiv Road’ in Westminster honours Ukraine’s struggle

24/02/2023

A new road name in central London — Kyiv Road — was announced today by Westminster City Council to mark the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine.

Oxford hit by wave of protests over '15-minute city' backlash

21/02/2023

Approximately 2,000 people took part in demonstrations against Oxford's '15 minute neighbourhoods' plan, with protests and counter protests on Saturday.

Five councils launch judicial review against ULEZ

17/02/2023

Five councils have launched a judicial review against Transport for London and London mayor Sadiq Khan over the expansion of the ULEZ to outer London.

Wandsworth Council stopped from issuing ‘unlawful’ fines

15/02/2023

The DfT has stopped Wandsworth Council from ‘unlawful’ fining of speeding drivers after the council became the first local authority to issue tickets.

20mph speed limit set to be roll out in five London boroughs

14/02/2023

Transport for London is set to introduce a new 20mph speed limit across five London boroughs after monitoring reveals reduced speeds lead to fewer collisions.

Council blocked by DfT over 'unlawful' speed enforcement

10/02/2023

The Government has stepped in to block Wandsworth Council from attempting to enforce a 20mph speed limit in its borough.

Council hands back £100,000 of fines after road sign U-turn

01/02/2023

Lambeth Council has handed back £100,000 to drivers who were fined because of its confusing road signs.

Thurrock Council requests over £182m to stabilise services

30/01/2023

Trouble-torn Thurrock Council has requested £182.5m in Government support over the next year to shore up its services.

Seven bids win £30m decarbonisation cash

26/01/2023

Ministers have announced the seven projects that will receive a share of £30m under the ADEPT Live Labs 2: Decarbonising Local Roads programme.

Council's £100m fight against potholes pays off

25/01/2023

Gloucestershire County Council’s plan to spend £100m over four years improving the quality of its roads is already paying off, the highway authority has said.

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